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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in April 2020 at 10.2% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Nebraska 3.1% -0.1 +0.1
Omaha 3.6% -0.1 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in April 2020 at 50,934. There are now 33,392 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,402 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,140. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 17,542 -301 +3,149

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.1% 3.6% 17,542
January
2021
6.3% 3.2% 3.7% 17,843
December
2020
6.7% 3.4% 3.3% 16,402
November
2020
6.7% 3.4% 3.4% 16,626
October
2020
6.9% 3.6% 3.4% 16,729
September
2020
7.8% 3.8% 4.2% 20,820
August
2020
8.4% 4.0% 4.8% 24,042
July
2020
10.2% 4.4% 6.0% 30,000
June
2020
11.1% 6.6% 6.7% 33,855
May
2020
13.3% 5.4% 6.6% 32,298
April
2020
14.8% 7.4% 10.2% 50,934

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.